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Iowa State University

Soybean

2018

Soil Science

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Soybean Nitrogen Dynamics: Nitrogen Fixation, Yield, And Residue Decomposition, S Carolina Cordova Martinez Jan 2018

Soybean Nitrogen Dynamics: Nitrogen Fixation, Yield, And Residue Decomposition, S Carolina Cordova Martinez

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Nitrogen (N) a crucial element for plant growth, often limits net primary productivity of agroecosystems. In agricultural systems it is vital to have proper management of N to secure productivity and environmental sustainability. Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] is the second most important crop in the US Corn Belt, and it can fix part of its N through biological N fixation. The overarching goal of this research was to investigate soybean N fixation dynamics in response to environmental factors, and plant tissue decomposition to understand better N cycling and improve Midwestern US N budget estimations.

A long-term incubation study was ...